“Did I Vote?”

On 5 November 2012 in Southfield Township, Michigan, Ty Houston, age 48, a home care registered nurse, was filling out his absentee ballot when a medical emergency occurred. He said, “I was filling out the form as were an elderly couple sitting at a nearby table. His wife, who was helping him fill out the ballot, asked him a couple of questions but he didn’t respond. She screamed for help, and I went over to see what I could do.” Mr. Houston laid the elderly man, who had a tracheotomy, on the floor and gave him emergency medical assistance. Mr. Houston said, “He was dead. He had no heartbeat and he wasn’t breathing. I started CPR, and after a few minutes, he revived and started breathing again. He knew his name and his wife’s name.” Then he said something that showed what was important to him. Mr. Houston said, “The first question he asked was ‘Did I vote?’” His wife said, “Your life is my concern.” The elderly man told his wife that two things were important to him: “That I love you and that I finished what I came here to do: vote.” He did vote, and he was taken to William Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak, Michigan, after he had thanked Mr. Houston, who said, “It was God’s divine word that I be there. Originally, I was just going to skip the ballot and just go to lunch that day.” Clerk Sharon Tischler said, “It was definitely a 911 scenario. It was great there was someone around to render aid.”

For Further Information: Tom Greenwood and Rod Beard, “Southfield Twp. voter appears to die, then asks ‘Did I vote?’” The Detroit News (Michigan). 6 November 2012


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